Black Fridays At Midwestern Malls Are Now Sad And Desolate

When I first saw this I thought for sure it was Burnsville Center in Minnesota. Then I thought maybe it was the legendary Southdale Center.

To be fair, this is not real footage. It’s actually a still image with audio. Nevertheless, it captures a feeling I’ve had at those two malls back in the 2000s.

That was a long time ago. Maybe things have changed? I really wouldn’t know because I do most of my shopping online like most Americans these days. Black Friday has been extended to an entire week by retailers both online and in the real world. Therefore it’s not really a thing anymore. Good riddance.

Malls are not likely to have a lot of foot traffic on the day after Thanksgiving for the years to come. If you enjoy desolation it might be just the thing.

If anything, November 25 will be the perfect day for members of the Emo and/or Scene subculture(s) to fade into small nonverbal gatherings conducted in odd corners and around dry water fountains. This provides the perfect balance of privacy and publicity.

I don’t really miss socializing at the mall but I do miss the people watching. Somebody recommend a good public webcam.

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